Rena update

by Hans | July 25th, 2012

Environmental clean-up company Braemar Howells is responding to various reports of Rena debris washing up on Bay of Plenty shores following rough weather this week.

There have been several reports of additional flotsam washing ashore in the area spanning Papamoa to Waihi Beach in the Western Bay of Plenty, and at Coromandel.

Monday marked the start of what has been a week dedicated to monitoring shorelines. As supported by the Rena owners and insurers, it is Braemar’s practise to intensify shoreline surveying during and after bad weather events, to monitor whether rough seas have churned up further debris.

Stormy conditions have meant operations at sea have not been possible this week.  However, the Braemar / Unimar team did use its Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV)  capabilities to rig up another submerged container on Friday last week. That container wreckage – identified by sonar surveys at greater than 50 metres depth – will be hoisted when the weather allows.

Once retrieved it will bring the number of containers recovered up to 969.

Clean-up operations this week have included the removal of a large sheet of container scrap removed from Waihi Beach.

Braemar sent a crew to the popular Bay of Plenty beach after reports that container wreckage, measuring about two metres by 2.4 metres, had washed up.

The scrap metal was taken straight to a recycling facilitiy – in the last week alone, 41 container-loads of steel scrap have been sent for recycling.

Braemar’s operations manager Neil Lloyd says the Rena owners and insurers are pleased with the quantities of material Braemar has been able to divert away from landfills through re-use or recycling plans.

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